We may not have it all together, but together we have it all.
When I first heard about the shootings in the theater in Aurora, Colorado, I was in my doctor’s waiting room. I don’t normally watch or listen to TV news, but in a waiting room you can’t avoid hearing it. Of course, when I realized the nature of the tragedy being reported I paid attention.
Several newspersons were interviewing one another, as they love to do, along with asking questions of an “expert”—some psychologist or psychiatrist who had written a book or something. They were all concerned about the perpetrator’s motivation.
One of the newscasters asked the “expert” if there were some people who were just evil by nature. He replied that he’d never encountered such a person, that all the people he’d ever interviewed who committed heinous crimes did so because of some event or series of events in their pasts.
I kept waiting for the expressions of grief and sorrow for the victims and the condemnation of the deed, but no such things came forth. All they could talk about was the experiences that had “made” this monster commit this atrocity.
By the way, “monster” and “atrocity” are my words, not theirs. They were too busy laying the groundwork for an insanity defense to keep Holmes from having to face the consequences of his actions.
How many would-be mass murderers watched this reporting—and learned that if they want to become famous and get their problems and complaints aired without any condemnation all they had to do was kill a dozen or so people? Why do we give a platform to monsters like this.
Guess what. Regardless of whether James Holmes was abused by his father or molested by a neighbor or whatever other long ago drama they can dredge up, the fact remains that his actions—and his alone—sent a dozen bodies to the morgue and another five dozen people to hospitals.
These people and their families are the ones who deserve our sympathy. These are the ones whom the newscasters should have been talking about. The next thing I want to hear about James Holmes is his conviction and execution.
As a Christian, I believe anyone who accepts Jesus as his Savior will be forgiven and will have eternal life in heaven. However, forgiveness doesn’t negate consequences of our actions. If I rob a bank, that won’t keep me from going to heaven, because Jesus already paid for my sins, and I accepted His offer of salvation. But I’ll still go to prison to serve my sentence for the robbery.
So it should be with this man. I truly hope he does find and accept Jesus before it’s too late, but he still needs to be tried, convicted and punished for this heinous crime without consideration as to what motivated him. The dead are still dead, and the injured were still injured.
What has happened to our society to cause us to focus more on what happened to little Johnny to make him the way he is than we do on his victims and their families? We need to get over all of our political correctness and mollycoddling of criminals and let people be held accountable for their actions.
Do you have friends or relatives whose lives have been touched by this type of tragedy?
Do you think empathy for the victims demands that we get beyond feeling sorry for the criminal and deal out some real justice?
Let me know. I love hearing from you?
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